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BMW Unveils Plans To Integrate Alexa Into Their New BMW Connected App

BMW rolled out their new BMW connected app in April. However, the app had its limitations, first of all it only supported vehicles manufactured from January 2016. This would mean that only a limited number of BMW drivers would have access to ConnectedDrive Services, a portal where customers can create accounts in order to access and manage their personal data, real-time traffic reports, and book concierge services.

 

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Great News For Consumers, Who Have Invested In Smart Door Locks And Amazon Alexa

Amazon worked diligently to rollout one of the best Smart Home devices of all time. On top of this, Jeff Bezos and his dynamic team has implemented the Amazon Echo to make it universally compatible with third-party devices. Since, its release in 2015, Echo has undergone several transformations. What really sets Echo apart from other wireless speakers is the voice-activated personal assistance, Alexa. Today, the Amazon Echo can be found in over 3 million homes and for the most part, consumers are very satisfied with their investment.

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Amazon’s Echo May Have Some Competition With Google’s Home

Last week, Google revealed to the world that they were planning to develop a Smart Home speaker. This device would replicate Amazon’s Echo, potentially making it a huge competitor. Amazon has definitely had great success with the Echo, with over 3 million sales. Google has high expectations for the Home and hopes to surpass these numbers. When comparing the Echo and Home, one can instantly see the major design differences. While, both of these devices have a cylinder design, they look nothing alike.

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One of the most notable features of the Goggle Home is the versatile modular case. Google will offer shells of various colors, so consumers can easily customize the device to match their home decor or personality.  The Echo is embedded with a Light Ring that emits a vivid blue colored light, which looks outstanding, when the lights are dim. Well, Google’s Home is embedded with LEDs that will flicker, when the device is turned on.

Unfortunately this is another non-portable Smart speaker, but as you well know, this has not deterred consumers from investing in the Echo. With the Google Home, users will have the option of enhancing the speaker’s ability, by connecting it to other third party Smart speakers. The joined speakers will automatically become voice activated, meaning that you can talk to any one of them and command it to play your favorite tunes on the other speakers.

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As of right now, Google Home is limited in third party compatibility options. This is unlike the Echo, which is compatible with Nest, Wink, SmartThings, WeMo, Phillips Hue, Insteon, and Echobee. But, this does not seem to worry Google in the least.

The Google Home will not be released until sometime later this year, so all interested consumers will need to wait to find out what this device can offer.

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